Pcc Advanced Kayak Football

During the winter when the club meeting at the pool, evenings are regularly set aside for Kayak football. These evenings are anounced well in advance and will be posted on the forum and in the events calendar.

This page is here to clarify some basic rules that we will at least try to play by.  These are loosely based on the BCU canoe polo rules…..very loosely.  As such they are not the exact BCU rules but hopefully they should work for us.  Obviously for the most part common sense should be applied.  So……

What is It
Think polo but with canoes instead of horses: a game played by two teams in kayaks in a pool with a ball, points are scored by scoring in the opposing team’s goal.  The goal being an upturned kayak but hopefully in the future we might actually sort out (ie make) some real goals.

Clennon Valley Swimming Pool

Certain Tuesday nights in the winter season to be arranged (see the forum and the newsletter for future updates)

Who can play?
Anyone playing Kayak football does so entirely at their own risk. Players must be:

• Paignton Canoe club Members
• Minimum of two star paddling standard
• Not worried about being capsized; the ability to roll will be a definite advantage but not essential. But don’t get upset if you go for a swim (you have been warned!)

If you cannot handle going over unintentionally then this is not for you!!!

Equipment required?
• Kayak with max length of 9ft and with enclosed cockpit (basically creek boat/ river running kayak size or smaller. no touring/sea kayaks, canoes or sit on tops)
• Paddle
• Spray deck
• Helmet
• Buoyancy aid

All kit must be clean before entering the pool

Basic Rules
• Kayak football is a ball game played by 2 teams of kayakers (usually 1 team in orange bibs) normally in a pool.
• Like football at either end of the pool is a goal and the objective of the game is to score more goals with the ball than the opposing team
• Players may paddle and maneuver their boats as they like
• The ball can be thrown and passed or intercepted by hand or batted or blocked by paddles between players
• The game starts and restarts (after a goal is scored) with every player with the back of their boat touching their team’s end of the pool the ball is then chucked into the middle of the pool and play begins.
• If a shot is made at goal and missed and the ball then goes out of play then the defending team gets a free throw from their end of the pool to start the game again.

Players may NOT:
1. Paddle whilst holding the ball or keeping it on the deck of their boat
2. Hold onto the ball for longer than ten seconds
3. Reach across another player’s boat with either their hands or paddle to get to the ball
4. Use their paddle to reach/slap/hit for the ball if another player is reaching for it with their hand or holding it in their hand (Important! Because it really hurts getting smacked on your hand with a paddle)
5. Grab, Capsize or hold any opposing team’s player (or their boat) who is not holding the ball
6. Ram or hit another player anywhere on the body with their boat, paddle, kit or body.
7. Prevent any other player from rolling or rescuing themselves
8. Tackle/capsize the opposing team’s players when they are taking a free throw.
9. Play whilst out of a kayak

Should any of these events happen then at the ref’s discretion the opossing team may have a free throw from where the incident took place.

Players MAY:
1. Control the ball, by floating it in the water next to their boat whilst resting their hand or paddle on top of it, for as long as they can
2. Grab any part of another player’s boat to right themselves if upside down.
3. Capsize an opposing player who is holding the ball (see below)

Kayak football is a fun way for paddlers to practice a wide range of skills. We want it to be accessible to members of all abilities so we ask that more experienced paddlers help in this and 'go easy' on less confident paddlers or those with no roll.

If you cannot roll, or really don't want to be deliberately pushed over (when you have the ball), please make this clear at the beginning of the session.

Have fun!